I had an '84 Chrysler 600ES - essentially a LeBaron - with the Mitsubishi
2.6. It was a terrible car. The windows didn't fall down, but the driver's
window jammed every few months. Far, far worse was the Mitsubishi power
train... don't get me started. The chassis was no blessing, either. I spent
an entire day tracking down a wiring short in the lights to find it was a
wire in the passenger door that had been banging against a metal edge until
it cut through the insulation. The headliner started to fall nearly the day
the warranty expired. The CV boots lasted nearly 4 years, so I guess I
shouldn't complain much. But I traded the car and got nearly nothing for it
when it was 6 years old and needed a new timing chain. Step 1: remove
engine. The clearance in the car was not enough to remove the timing chain
cover, and remounting the engine required a special alignment jig to prevent
destroying the torque converter from misalignment (that happened to a
friend's 600). It was obviously designed by people who wanted it to sell and
didn't care what the ownership experience was after that.
Maybe they have changed their ways, but I'd be a fool to take the chance.
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